Trend Micro addresses actively exploited zero-day in Apex One and other security Products

Trend Micro addressed a zero-day code execution vulnerability (CVE-2023-41179) in Apex One that has been actively exploited in the wild.

Trend Micro has released security updates to patch an actively exploited zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-41179, impacting endpoint security products, including Apex One, Apex One SaaS, and Worry-Free Business Security products. 

According to the security firm the vulnerability has been exploited in attacks. The flaw is related to the products’ ability to uninstall third-party security software.

An attacker can trigger this vulnerability after it has logged into the product’s administrative console. 

“An arbitrary code execution vulnerability has been identified in the Apex One SaaS, Biz, and VBBSS agents’ ability to uninstall third-party security products. To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need to be able to log into the product’s administrative console.” reads the advisory published by Trend Micro. Because an attacker would need to have stolen the product’s management console authentication information in advance, they would not be able to infiltrate the target network using this vulnerability alone.”

The vendor recommends customers update their installs to the latest version as soon as possible.

Trend Micro pointed out that the exploitation of this type of flaw typically requires an attacker to have access to the vulnerable device. To mitigate the risk of exploitation the company recommends allowing access only from trusted networks.

Trend Micro has not shared any information regarding the attacks exploiting this vulnerability.

The Japan CERT already published an alert regarding this vulnerability.

“Since the vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild, the users of the affected products are recommended to update the affected system to the latest version as soon as possible.” reads the alert.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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Pierluigi Paganini

Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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